|As an Actor||Leading||6||$32,057,441||$17,801,706||$49,859,147|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$243,487,357||$260,018,122||$503,505,479|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 6 films, with $49,859,147 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,276)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Dr. Carol Marcus (Star Trek Into Darkness), Young Agent O (Men in Black 3), Erin (Sex and the City 2), Molly (She's Out of My League), Marta Lynch (Criminal)|
|Most productive collaborators: John Cho, J.J. Abrams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Roberto Orci, Will Smith|
June 23rd, 2014
There's very little on the home market that stands out. 300: Rise of an Empire is the biggest movie coming out this week, but it is far from the best new release. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of new releases in competition for Pick of the Week. The A Hard Day's Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray is absolutely worth picking up, but there are no new extras for the Blu-ray, so that is a strike against it. Masters of Sex: Season One earned great reviews, but the extras on the DVD or the Blu-ray are only good. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Six is loaded, but its price is just too high. In the end, I rolled a dice and Star Trek: The Next Generation came out on top, but it really is a close race.
March 3rd, 2014
This week there are a couple massive releases on the home market. 12 Years a Slave just earned the Best Picture Oscar, so it's the perfect time to release it on DVD or Blu-ray. The biggest release of the week is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but it doesn't come out on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack till Friday, so I will get the review online in a couple of days. On the flip side, those two releases seem to have scared away most of the competition, because there's almost nothing else worth talking about. (There's an exercise video in the top five new releases on Amazon.com. That almost never happens.) As for the Pick of the Week, it's 12 Years a Slave on Blu-ray. It's not the only release coming out on Tuesday that's worth buying. I recommend picking up Girl Rising on DVD as well, while Venture Bros.: Season Five on DVD or Blu-ray is also worth the money.
January 10th, 2014
It's a relatively busy week for new releases, but sadly, almost none of them are earning overall positive reviews. Banshee Chapter is one exception, but it is the wrong genre for limited release. On the other hand, The Rocket is earning the best reviews and it is the kind of film that can thrive in limited release. Perhaps it can be an early year success story.
December 13th, 2013
On the one hand, this is an amazing weekend for limited releases as there are not one, but two films opening that are very likely going to earn multiple Oscar nominations. On the other hand, most films opening this weekend are earning weak releases. The two main Oscar contenders are American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks, while The Crash Reel is up for Best Feature-Length Documentary.
May 1st, 2013
As April ends and summer begins, we see the 2013 box office on a losing streak. There is some good news, as May should be much, much, much better than April was. Much better. During the five weekends in May, there are nine films opening wide. Of those film, there are seven that at least have a shot at $100 million. And of those seven films, four at least have a shot at $200 million, two have a shot at $300 million, and we might even have a $400 million hit this month. Iron Man 3 should turn out to be the biggest hit of the month, while there are some who think Star Trek: Into Darkness could be a close competitor for that honor. There's also some bad news. The Avengers opened last May and earned more than $600 million. No film opening this month will come close to that figure. There's a chance the top two films opening this month won't match that combined. On the other hand, last year there was a huge drop-off from the biggest hit of the month to the second biggest hit of the month. There were so many high-profile failures last year, that 2013 might actually start winning some weekends in the year-over-year comparison.
November 1st, 2012
When I first heard about The Raven, I was excited. I like Edgar Allan Poe's writing and I like John Cusack as an actor. The idea of John Cusack playing Edgar Allan Poe in a movie was enough to get me interested. Having Edgar Allan Poe trying to catch a serial killer who was using his writings as inspiration was a solid enough hook to get me excited. However, given the film's box office numbers, something clearly went wrong. Were moviegoers correct in avoiding the film? Or is it an undiscovered gem?
|12/31/2016||The Brits are Coming||$0||$0||$0|
|9/4/2015||Dirty Weekend||Natalie Hamilton||$0||$0||$0|
|9/4/2015||Before We Go||Brooke Dalton||$37,151||$326,947||$364,098|
|5/2/2014||Decoding Annie Parker||Louise||$39,850||$0||$39,850|
|1/10/2014||Cold Comes the Night||Chloe||$0||$0||$0|
|12/13/2013||Some Velvet Morning||Velvet||$6,420||$0||$6,420|
|5/15/2013||Star Trek Into Darkness||Dr. Carol Marcus||$228,778,661||$238,602,923||$467,381,584|
|5/25/2012||Men in Black 3||Young Agent O||$179,020,854||$475,192,631||$654,213,485|
|4/27/2012||The Raven||Emily Hamilton||$16,008,272||$14,593,529||$30,601,801|
|3/9/2012||The Decoy Bride||$759||$78,146||$78,905|
|5/27/2010||Sex and the City 2||Erin||$95,347,692||$199,333,086||$294,680,778|
|3/12/2010||She's Out of My League||Molly||$32,010,860||$16,670,117||$48,680,977|
|2/23/2007||Starter for Ten||Alice Harbinson||$216,839||$0||$216,839|